Rhode Island researchers tracking 8 young great white sharks

Workers at the Atlantic Shark Institute, which provided this photograph, handle a great white shark

WAKEFIELD, R.I. (AP) — Researchers are hoping that eight recently released young great white sharks will yield insights into some of the questions scientists still have about the famous species.

Officials announced Tuesday that the sharks were released after being tagged with tracking devices by researchers this summer at the Atlantic Shark Institute of Wakefield in Rhode Island.

The Providence Journal reports that the devices will allow the scientists to locate the fish for 10 years and learn more about their movements.

Researchers say the most important part of the tagging is that most of the sharks are young.

In the last few years, about 300 sharks have been tagged but most were older.